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Electroclash, also known as retro electro, tech pop, nouveau disco, the new new wave, and Neo-Electro,[3][6] is a genre of music that fuses 1980s electro, new wave and synthpop with 1990s techno, retro-style electropop and electronic dance music.[4][7][8] It emerged in New York and Detroit in the later 1990s, pioneered by acts including Collider, I-F and those associated with Gerald Donald, and is associated with acts including Peaches, Adult,[9] Legowelt,[9] and Fischerspooner.[9]


  • Terminology and characteristics 1
  • History 2
  • Popularity chart 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • See also 6

Terminology and characteristics

The term electroclash was coined by New York DJ and promoter Larry Tee[7][8] to describe music that combined synthpop, techno, punk and performance art. The genre was in reaction to the rigid formulations of techno music, putting an emphasis on song writing, showmanship and a sense of humour,[4] described by The Guardian as one of "the two most significant upheavals in recent dance music history".[10] The visual aesthetic of electroclash has been associated with the 1982 cult film Liquid Sky.[11]


Electroclash emerged in New York at the end of the 1990s. It was pioneered by I-F with his 1997 track "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass"[4][12] (which, "introducing old-fashioned verse-chorus dynamics to burbling electro in a vocodered homage to Atari-era hi-jinks," is the "record widely credited with catalysing" the electroclash movement),[4] as well as Collider with their 1998 album Blowing Shit Up (though Collider called its own style "electropunk" as the genre had not yet been named).[13] The style was pursued by artists including Felix da Housecat,[14] Peaches and Chicks on Speed.[15] During the early years, Ladytron were sometimes labeled as electroclash, but they rejected this tag.[16] Goldfrapp's albums Black Cherry (2003) and Supernature (2005) incorporated electroclash influences.[17][18]

It came to media attention in 2001, when the Electroclash Festival was held in New York.[19] The Electroclash Festival was held again in 2002 with subsequent live tours across the US and Europe in 2003 and then 2004. Other notable artists who performed at the festivals and subsequent tours include: Scissor Sisters, ADULT., Fischerspooner, Erol Alkan, Princess Superstar, Mignon, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Mount Sims, Tiga and Spalding Rockwell. The style spread to scenes in London and Berlin, but rapidly faded as a recognisable genre as acts began to experiment with a variety of forms of music.[20][21]

Popularity chart

Successful records from the electroclash movement include:
Year Song Label Artist UK
UK Dance
2001 "Silver Screen Shower Scene" City Rockers Felix da Housecat featuring Miss Kittin #39 #2
"Emerge" Capitol Fischerspooner #25
2002 "Set It Off" Kitty-Yo Peaches #36
"Sunglasses at Night" City Rockers Tiga and Zyntherius #25
"Rippin Kittin" Zomba Records Golden Boy with Miss Kittin #67 #1


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  8. ^ a b Larry Tee Biography on Yahoo! Music
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  10. ^ "The female techno takeover", The Guardian, May 24, 2008
  11. ^ "The Great Electroclash Swindle". Retrieved August 10, 2008.
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  19. ^ Quinnon, Michael: "Electroclash". World Wide Words, 2002
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  21. ^ "So-cool U.K. quartet Ladytron brings electro-pop to Gothic.
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External links

  • Profile of Electroclash movement in FACT Magazine

See also

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